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Raquel
04-20-2004, 01:23 AM
Lleyton plays his first round tomorrow against wild card Julien Benneteau, first on Cente Court :)

Good Luck Lleyton :bounce:

possie
04-20-2004, 05:33 AM
*Anne crosses her fingers, toes, arms, legs...*

*No, really, she has lots of faith in Lley*

Hope its up, up and up from here on in!

SomL.
04-20-2004, 08:17 AM
Good luck Lleyton ~_~ Come on Lleyton ^_^

possie
04-20-2004, 10:10 AM
Lleys match against Benneteau has started.

He's had a slow start, but looks like he's warming up to the clay court now :)

3-6, 5-1.

tournesol
04-20-2004, 10:20 AM
Lleys match against Benneteau has started.

He's had a slow start, but looks like he's warming up to the clay court now :)

3-6, 5-1.

:wavey: anne

Ll took the 2d 6-3
this is the way, go on

possie
04-20-2004, 10:23 AM
Good day Dani!

I just saw that result too. Now Lley, you have to take the 3rd set!

Do we know where Kim is? Belgium or Monte Carlo?

tournesol
04-20-2004, 10:26 AM
Good day Dani!

I just saw that result too. Now Lley, you have to take the 3rd set!

Do we know where Kim is? Belgium or Monte Carlo?

yesterday kim was in belgium for her 'event' with disabled people; today i don't know, but fed cup is this weekend so she might still be here around

1-1 please LL hold your break :o

possie
04-20-2004, 10:31 AM
yesterday kim was in belgium for her 'event' with disabled people; today i don't know, but fed cup is this weekend so she might still be here

That's a good point Dani, although I can't see her playing 'serious' Fed Cup tennis :scratch: I was just reading in CCL that she won't even be 100% for the French Open, let alone FC :shrug:

tournesol
04-20-2004, 10:33 AM
That's a good point Dani, although I can't see her playing 'serious' Fed Cup tennis :scratch: I was just reading in CCL that she won't even be 100% for the French Open, let alone FC :shrug:

Ll stats :rolleyes:

i don't mind kim not being 100% if she performes as she did at AO :p

tournesol
04-20-2004, 10:34 AM
2-2

possie
04-20-2004, 10:36 AM
Ll stats :rolleyes:

2-2 in the 3rd set now. Come ON Lley!

i don't mind kim not being 100% if she performes as she did at AO :p

Another excellent point Dani! I guess I just worry, if she can't hold a saucepan how can she power a backhand! As long as she and Lley are in top form for Wimbledon I will be a very happy girl ;)

tournesol
04-20-2004, 10:41 AM
3-3

possie
04-20-2004, 10:48 AM
Oh no, this is not looking good :unsure:

possie
04-20-2004, 10:54 AM
4-4

tournesol
04-20-2004, 10:58 AM
5*-4 Ll hold now and finish it

possie
04-20-2004, 11:03 AM
He won! 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Now, up, up and up :)

tournesol
04-20-2004, 11:05 AM
phhhhhheew; merci

possie
04-20-2004, 11:12 AM
phhhhhheew; merci

You said it! :)

I'm off to shower and make myself feel half reasonable! Be back later though.

Jess
04-20-2004, 11:17 AM
That's a little bit closer than I would have liked :p

But at least he won ;)

crazzzy_grrl
04-20-2004, 12:03 PM
How did he go??? Did he win??

possie
04-20-2004, 12:07 PM
All I "saw" was the on-line scoreboard, but he won. Presumably took a while to warm up to the clay court, but yes, HE WON!

3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

SomL.
04-20-2004, 12:44 PM
Go Lleyton in 2 round ~_~ Come on Lleyton

kim4eva
04-20-2004, 12:55 PM
Congrats Lleyts :D
Well it wasn't the score I was expecting but well done anyway Ll ;)

Good luck in the next round! :clap2:

Billabong
04-20-2004, 01:06 PM
well done Lley, now continue:D!!!

fifiricci
04-20-2004, 01:07 PM
That's a little bit closer than I would have liked :p

But at least he won ;)

Well he had to crank his game up after going easy on Kim on clay on Saturday ;)

kim-fan
04-20-2004, 01:16 PM
Hewitt scrapes past wildcard in Monte Carlo
2004-04-20 10:15:27 GMT (Reuters)

MONACO, April 20 (Reuters) - Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt struggled for three sets under the Monte Carlo sun on Tuesday before beating French wildcard Julien Benneteau for his first victory in the principality.

Playing his first claycourt tournament of the year, the Australian won 3-6 6-3 6-4 after an hour and 48 minutes to reach the second round of the $2.89 million Monte Carlo Masters.

"It's always tough... the first tournament on clay," the Australian said.

"I didn't feel too comfortable out there -- made a slow start and by the end it was just a dogfight."

Seeded 16th, the former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion will play Gaston Gaudio of Argentina or Italian Filippo Volandri next.

"I can probably only get better after today's match to be honest," he said.

"The next round will be a tough match... there's not too many easy matches in these tournaments."

www.gotennis.com

kim4eva
04-20-2004, 01:34 PM
thanks for the article! :kiss:

Goonergal
04-20-2004, 01:41 PM
Congrats Lleyton :D

But, this is not the type of match I should've been watching at 9 O'clock in the morning :rolleyes: Lleyton is going to have to play a lot better if he wants to progress. A very in and out performance from him. The 1st set was just poor, lack of energy/motivation and making too many UE's. He said in the post match interview that he was a bit low in confidence in the 1st set. Bennetau always looked like the one who was going to break (even though both were very erratic in the 1st set) He improved though a lot in the 2nd set, but Bennetau went walkabout and LL went to a 5-0 lead. Then suddenly Bennetau started to get his game back together and got back to 5-3 and LL started to panic a bit. However, a poor game from Benneteau gave LL the 2nd set. He got an early break in the 3rd, but gifted it straight back, and it was a dogfight like he said. Benneteau had chances to break but Lleyton managed to hang in there and right at the end stepped it up when it mattered. He's still not playing well, but it was a good win. Gaudio next, LL has lost once to him on clay so it'll be tough. However, Gaudio is the biggest choker on the men's tour :o so LL will have a shot. He'll have to get a better start though!

star
04-20-2004, 02:16 PM
http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/party/party-smiley-017.gif

I'm determined to remain optimistic about Lleyton.

tournesol
04-20-2004, 03:47 PM
http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/party/party-smiley-017.gif

I'm determined to remain optimistic about Lleyton.

:cool:

kim-fan
04-20-2004, 04:07 PM
audio clip: http://montecarlo.masters-series.com/1005//audio_rx.asp

Neely
04-20-2004, 05:24 PM
Lleyton's "C'MONs" after three of the four points when he broke Benneateau to love at 4-4 3rd set have been awesome today again :)
unbelievable

simply like that everytime he pumps his fist and is shouting "C'MON!!!!!" -
A W E S O M E !!!! :) :) :yeah:

kim-fan
04-20-2004, 05:42 PM
Lleyton Hewitt



An interview with:
LLEYTON HEWITT

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. So it's your first win here in Monaco.
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I've only been here it's only my second time. So last time I came here, I got a pretty tough draw, drawing Moya first round. So things could only get better, I think from the draw anyway.

Q. What did you make of your form out there today? In the third set you started to play some pretty good shots out there.
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I got better as the match went on. At the start I just didn't quite have my footing out there, I don't think. I was probably going for trying to be a little bit too aggressive at times when I probably shouldn't have, probably just should have worked the ball a little bit more.
You know, it was important to get that kind of match under my belt, I think. From there, I can only get better.
I don't feel like the match took that much out of me physically. So, you know, it's a good start to get through. It gives me another opportunity. I got some court time on a clay court surface.

Q. So much of tennis is in the mind. What's your attitude going into the clay court season? Are you really positive about how well you can do?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I think so. I've had some my biggest wins on clay have been in Davis Cup ties, I think, under, you know, a lot of pressure and in big situations. You know, obviously the main goal is the French Open, you know, looking forward to the French. For me, the three Masters Series and Dusseldorf, just trying to get as many matches as possible, and really try and get some rhythm out there and feel confident on the surface.
It's hard, I think especially for Australians when we come over here, it probably takes a little bit longer to get used to the footing and the moving out there more than anything. A lot of the Spanish and South Americans come straight on the clay and feel straight at home.
So it takes a little bit longer but, you know, obviously the goal is to be feeling as well as you can going into the French Open.

Q. Lleyton, speaking of clay, do you tend to agree with Newk's recent comments that Philippoussis should skip the clay given his recent situation and just worry about the grass?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, I think you still need some matches, I think. Obviously, the grass would be his main focus, I think. And the way that he played at Wimbledon last year, I'm sure he's looking forward to the grass court season. But it's only a couple of weeks, and in the past he's only played Queen's before Wimbledon. I don't know if that would be the best preparation, just to go in, play Queen's straight off, without getting too many matches before such a big Grand Slam that he has a real chance of doing well at.

Q. Are you at all worried about the situation that's around him now? The fact that he's your Davis Cup teammate, he's a big part of the team, he's been in a trough for months now, I mean, what is your take on the whole situation?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, he's not probably as confident as he's ever been, I don't think, at the moment. I've hit with him a lot in practice. He's not hitting the ball that badly in practice. You know, just probably hasn't played a lot of matches.
And, obviously, you know, a lot of stuff, you know, probably came out, yeah, in the media right after his match against Arazi at the Australian Open. I mean, that was right before the Davis Cup tie. You know, the media probably got on him a little bit, you know, with the whole Davis Cup tie, and that just sort of added to the fire I think.
I think a few weeks off will be good for him. I think it's a good thing. And, you know, I think he plans to start in Rome, as far as I know. You know, hopefully he can get some matches before the French Open. I've seen him play some of the best tennis on clay that I've ever seen in Davis Cup in Nice, you know, in '99.

Q. You say some of your best wins have been on clay in Davis Cup. When you're playing singles in these tournaments, is it a case of finding extra motivation?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, maybe sometimes in these tournaments. I think, you know, the French Open, that's a Grand Slam, that's what you play for, the four majors, and that's where you want to be peaking.
You know, I think the important part, you know, in the next few weeks for me is more thinking about the French Open and not getting too frustrated if things aren't going well the whole time, and really trying to focus on, you know, just finding some rhythm and getting confident on the surface.
You know, obviously, I feel like I can play extremely well on clay. I beat Guga, you know, in Brazil when he was at his best, and I beat Costa in Barcelona as well on clay. I feel confident on the surface. But, you know, it probably takes me a little bit longer, as I said before.

Q. There was some kind of old fashioned "Hewitt Intensity" out there today. Did you struggle a little bit in America to find that level of intensity that's so much part of your game?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Maybe a little bit, I think. You know, in Indian Wells I felt like I was hitting the ball pretty well. I thought Chela played extremely well. In Miami, I didn't quite play as well against Pavel. I just didn't feel confident out there that day at all. I tried to keep fighting against Pavel there, you know, I came back after he served for the match. Tried hanging in there. You know, I just wasn't quite able to sneak out of that second set somehow.
Today I felt like I really wanted to, you know, no matter how I was playing, just try to get through the match today and give myself another match on clay. It's obviously going to be against Gaudio or Volandri, who are two tough clay court players, so it's going to be a good test for me.


Q. And how many hours a day do you train?
LLEYTON HEWITT: 23 and a half (smiling). :)

kim-fan
04-20-2004, 05:42 PM
wauw, that was weird :)

Jess
04-20-2004, 05:45 PM
:lol:

kim-fan
04-20-2004, 05:51 PM
:eek: your interview is gone!! :lol: :kiss:

well, have to go, see you later :)

star
04-20-2004, 05:54 PM
What????????????????????????

Jess
04-20-2004, 05:57 PM
What????????????????????????

Oh don't worry - just posted the interview at the same time - but I deleted it so it doesn't really make sense now ;)

Billabong
04-21-2004, 12:37 AM
Yeah Lley, continue:D!!!!!

ally_014
04-21-2004, 04:53 AM
Yay! Go Lley! :D

Just hope he can win a few to get his confidence up :)

tournesol
04-21-2004, 10:41 AM
:wavey: here we go

better leave nails and hair in the cloakroom :mad:

tournesol
04-21-2004, 10:54 AM
1-1

tournesol
04-21-2004, 11:01 AM
2-1 gaudio

tournesol
04-21-2004, 11:20 AM
3-1 gaudio

but nothing moves: rain delay? umpires strike? as monaco fans disruption?

Socket
04-21-2004, 11:22 AM
Hewitt lost first set 1-6. The scoreboard on the MC site is frozen.

crazzzy_grrl
04-21-2004, 11:29 AM
He needs to start making the start of his matches better. He lost the first set in the first round aswell. Hope he can come back

hionglue
04-21-2004, 11:35 AM
ugh

kim4eva
04-21-2004, 11:57 AM
I'm watching him live on tv right now and he's losing 2-4 in the second set :sad:

C'mon Lleyts :bounce:

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:05 PM
3-4 :sad: and losing the first set 6-1 :eek: Start fighting!!!!!!

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:07 PM
5-3 :rolleyes: This is going to have to be some fightback

kim4eva
04-21-2004, 12:07 PM
and now 3-5 :(

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:11 PM
4-5 now for goodness sake play a fantastic game and at least give yourself a chance!!!!! :rolleyes:

kim4eva
04-21-2004, 12:11 PM
C'MON LLEYTS!! :bounce:

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:13 PM
0-30 on Gaudio's serve... glimmer of a chance?

kim4eva
04-21-2004, 12:15 PM
Gaudio's just hit 2 dbs and now Lleyt's leading 40-15

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:15 PM
So many double faults! 6 for Lleyts and 8 for Gaudio :eek:
2 break points though :)

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:16 PM
Deuce :banghead:

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:18 PM
5-5 :bounce: C'MON!!!!!!!!

kim4eva
04-21-2004, 12:18 PM
COME ON LLEYTON!! :bounce: Fight!!

Got kicked off from the tv :mad:

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:20 PM
And then he goes and throws it away again :banghead: :mad:

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:21 PM
Break him back then - go one......

kim4eva
04-21-2004, 12:22 PM
Damn!! :mad:
FIGHT Lleyton!! :bounce:

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:24 PM
0-30 :bounce: FIGHT!!!!!!

kim4eva
04-21-2004, 12:25 PM
COME ON LLEYTON!! :bounce:

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:29 PM
1 match point saved! Keep fighting!

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:31 PM
And another one saved....

kim4eva
04-21-2004, 12:31 PM
LET'S GO LLEYTON!! :bounce: FIGHT!!

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:32 PM
BREAK POINT!

kim4eva
04-21-2004, 12:33 PM
YES! 6-6 :bounce: COME ON FIGHT LLEYTON!!

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:33 PM
6-6 :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

How on earth did he get out of that!!!!!!

Now win the tie break - Gaudio should be pretty miserable now....

kim4eva
04-21-2004, 12:34 PM
COme ON LLEYTON!! :bounce: Win the tie break!

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:39 PM
3-5 :rolleyes:

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:40 PM
5-5 - what a good time to start double faulting, Mr Gaudio :)

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:42 PM
Lleyton :worship: Just shows we should never write him off until it's over! :)

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: Third set :D

kim4eva
04-21-2004, 12:42 PM
Whew he did it! :bounce: COME ON LLEYTON!!! Win the third set! :bounce:

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:47 PM
Now Lleyton - that (e.g. - breaking him to love) is how we prefer you to play tennis. The sort that does not induce heart failure. Please continue the rest of the set in this way :)

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:53 PM
And now he's 3-0 up.....

kim4eva
04-21-2004, 12:55 PM
:woohoo:

Jess
04-21-2004, 12:55 PM
This is a bit more like it... :D

kim4eva
04-21-2004, 12:57 PM
4-0 Up Lleyton!! :worship:

tournesol
04-21-2004, 12:59 PM
:wavey: ladies

:cool: 3d set looks like a decent score

go on

Jess
04-21-2004, 01:00 PM
:wavey: Dani :)
Yes the third set looks a decent score.
The 2nd set was just :banghead:

tournesol
04-21-2004, 01:03 PM
:wavey: Dani :)
Yes the third set looks a decent score.
The 2nd set was just :banghead:

quick look at the stats makes that perfectly clear :rolleyes:

Billabong
04-21-2004, 01:06 PM
YEAH continue Lley:D!!!

Jess
04-21-2004, 01:07 PM
Taking his time with this game....

tournesol
04-21-2004, 01:07 PM
:worship: :worship: :worship:

Jess
04-21-2004, 01:08 PM
Ah well it just wasn't updating :) 6-1 :worship: :worship:

kim4eva
04-21-2004, 01:11 PM
:worship: :worship: :worship: Lleyton!
I admire you're fighting spirit :angel:

Raquel
04-21-2004, 01:14 PM
Well done Lleyton :worship:

That second set was hard to watch :lol: Great fight when he needed it though :D

Goonergal
04-21-2004, 01:29 PM
Lleyton :worship:

Typical fighting spirit after a poor set and a half, and typical Gaudio folding like I'd hoped yesterday ;)

Lleyts got himself a nice code violation for bad language :p (for fucks sake ;))

Jess
04-21-2004, 01:33 PM
Lleyton :worship:

Typical fighting spirit after a poor set and a half, and typical Gaudio folding like I'd hoped yesterday ;)

Lleyts got himself a nice code violation for bad language :p (for fucks sake ;))

Does a tournament ever go by without him getting a code violation :scratch: ;) It's almost expected now.

star
04-21-2004, 01:52 PM
After reading that, http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/sprachlos/speechless-smiley-003.gif I'm glad that Lleyton was playing Gaudio. :)

fifiricci
04-21-2004, 03:20 PM
Lleyton :worship:

Typical fighting spirit after a poor set and a half, and typical Gaudio folding like I'd hoped yesterday ;)

Lleyts got himself a nice code violation for bad language :p (for fucks sake ;))

Tsk Tsk naughty boy! And he's been teaching it to Kim:

"Fucking Shit" when losing against Justine in San Diego last year, followed by a great "No Fucking Way" in the AO final this year :lol:

Chesty Larue
04-21-2004, 04:30 PM
Tsk Tsk naughty boy! And he's been teaching it to Kim:

"Fucking Shit" when losing against Justine in San Diego last year, followed by a great "No Fucking Way" in the AO final this year :lol:

whoa hold up..when did she say that during the AO final?? :confused:

San Diego was glaringly obvious of course :p :tape:

Jess
04-21-2004, 05:56 PM
Article from BBC.co.uk

Hewitt back from the brink
Lleyton Hewitt needed to call on all his trademark fighting qualities before overcoming Gaston Gaudio in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters.
The Australian 16th seed saved a match point in the second set before advancing 1-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-1.

"He was playing incredible tennis and I was just trying to hang in there. I was a bit lucky in the end," said Hewitt.

David Nalbandian, Guillermo Coria and Carlos Moya were among the other seeded players to advance on Wednesday.

Hewitt looked on his way to defeat when his Argentine opponent broke twice to rattle through the first set in 30 minutes.

Gaudio then took a 3-0 lead in the second set, and Hewitt's frustration was such that he received a warning for an audible obscenity in the sixth game.

The Argentine twice served for the match, at 5-4 and 6-5, but Hewitt refused to buckle.

Gaudio's game fell apart in the deciding set, and Hewitt established a 4-0 lead and took an unlikely win when Gaudio netted a return.

Coria, the favourite for the title after the demise of defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero on Tuesday, crushed Nicolas Kiefer 6-0 6-3.

Nalbandian battled past Spain's Felix Mantilla 6-0 5-7 7-6 (7/4).

Moya was given an easy route into the third round when Jarkko Nieminen pulled out of their match with a broken right wrist.

Report:
Henman outclasses Sanchez
Sixth seed Tim Henman was taken to three sets for the second straight match before advancing at the expense of Spain's David Sanchez.

kim-fan
04-21-2004, 06:55 PM
okey, it's schuettler next round, lleyton will beat him :)

>> http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/headtohead/head2head.asp?player1=Schuettler%2C+Rainer&player2=lleyton+hewitt

kim-fan
04-21-2004, 08:18 PM
and here's the interview :

LLEYTON HEWITT



THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Losing the first set doesn't seem to impede your progress very much?
LLEYTON HEWITT: (Laughing) Only just, mate.
You know, I thought he played extremely well the first set and a half. He made not a lot of mistakes at all. He was really working the ball. It was hard, I felt like I had a lot of opportunities out there to win games - 30-love, 30-15 up - and I just wasn't able to capitalize on them.
I got to the stage where I just tried to go back to basics a little bit, and tried really working the ball from then on, trying to find some rhythm out there.
There's no doubt that I got a little bit lucky out there with coming back from a double break down. But, you know, that's one positive I guess for hanging in there and keep fighting every point.

Q. You were trying to keep away from his backhand. What do you do when a player's got a really good shot like that?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was tough. His forehand wasn't making too many mistakes out there either today, so...
His backhand is obviously one of the best in the world, I think - one of the best single-hand backhands, that's for sure. I was just trying to -- I think once I started moving the ball around and not only playing to one side, to really open up the court, dictate play a little bit more, that's when I got aggressive and I started, you know, playing a little bit better out there and ended up winning a lot more points and make him work a lot harder to win points.

Q. Do you remember the moments when you saved matchpoints on clay against a player?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Not on clay. I remember, I think -- I can only remember twice: At Indian Wells last year against El Aynaoui, and my first-ever tournament in Adelaide against Mark Woodforde. Those are the only two I can remember, but...

Q. It's good for you for the rest of the tournament, this game today against a good clay court player.
LLEYTON HEWITT: It's good for my clay court preparation for the French Open, yeah. He's one of the best clay court players around. Last year he pushed Juan Carlos Ferrero here, you know, very tight three-set match. He plays extremely well on this surface. He moves so well on this surface, I think. That's one of the keys.
It's a good win to have under my belt. Hopefully, it can give me a bit more confidence for the rest of the clay court season.

Q. What are you planning to do with all these Masters Series on clay that there are now - Monte-Carlo, Rome, Hamburg? It all depends on the results that you do, tournament after tournament, or you are planning to do them all anyway?
LLEYTON HEWITT: At the moment, I'm planning to do them all, and then I'll go Dusseldorf the week before the French, the World Team Cup.
So, yeah, at the moment, that's what I'm planning on doing. I'm not going to say that's 100 percent certain, though, but that's what I'm planning on doing, and that's what I'd like to do.

Q. But you think the rule should be changed? I mean, the draw should be remade or, I mean..?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, it was an awkward situation this week. I don't know how many times that would happen but, you know, there was obviously three guys. Mainly the only guy was Roddick, was the main one. Fish and Blake, there's still a lot of other guys out there. Andy Roddick, one of the best players in the world, he's sort of the only one, when you put a lucky loser at the top. It's good for Wayne Arthurs, so I'm happy (smiling).
He's playing like a No. 2 in the world (smiling).

Q. As you said yesterday, Ferrero seems not to have recovered from the chicken pox he had. How long did it take you to completely recover from your chicken pox? Can you understand that he's not completely fit at the moment?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, everyone's different with the chicken pox. And, you know, when I spoke to doctors and everything, you know -- obviously, I got it in the Hopman Cup, then tried playing in the Australian Open. You know, I was pretty much useless.

And then, you know, really had about four weeks off, you know, three weeks doing nothing, and then started training. By the time I actually got to - I think my first tournament was San Jose, you know - I was feeling good then. I was.
But everyone's different with the chicken pox. I've been told there's been people months that have struggled. Obviously, the older that you are when you get it, then, you know, it could be worse.
So I can understand totally that Juan Carlos could be still struggling. You know, it's not a nice thing to have.

Q. When you lost to Alberto Martin in Australian Open, you were coming off chicken pox, no?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, yeah.

Q. So how long had you been ill before that?
LLEYTON HEWITT: With chicken pox?

Q. Yeah.
LLEYTON HEWITT: Before that match?

Q. Yeah.
LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, mate, I'd only been diagnosed a week before that match, so I didn't hit a ball until two days before the tournament started. And then, you know, I wasn't allowed to hit in the sun, so I had to get up at 7 o'clock and hit.
It's not, you know, it's not the greatest thing to have. It's always going to take you a while to bounce back from something like that.

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Goonergal
04-21-2004, 10:12 PM
Does a tournament ever go by without him getting a code violation :scratch: ;) It's almost expected now.

And, I don't understand the point of it either because he'd been swearing profusely and audibly long before he got the code violation! :p

Billabong
04-22-2004, 04:24 AM
Continue Lleyton:banana:!!!

Billabong
04-22-2004, 04:25 AM
Tsk Tsk naughty boy! And he's been teaching it to Kim:

"Fucking Shit" when losing against Justine in San Diego last year, followed by a great "No Fucking Way" in the AO final this year :lol:

:eek:!!!

SomL.
04-22-2004, 09:18 AM
I am very happy.Lleyton won Gaudio. Lleyton has Big Big Big Big ... heart.Good luck Lleyton to next round ~_~

SomL.
04-22-2004, 09:22 AM
Thursday, April 22, 2004
Order of Play (PDF)

Court Central - 10:00 AM
(3)G Coria (ARG) vs A Pavel (ROM)
(LL)W Arthurs (AUS) vs M Safin (RUS)
(WC)F Santoro (FRA) vs (7)D Nalbandian (ARG)
(16)L Hewitt (AUS) vs (4)R Schuettler (GER)
Gonzalez/Massu vs Henman/Zimonjic

Court des Princes - 10:00 AM
I Ljubicic (CRO) vs N Davydenko (RUS)
A Calleri (ARG) vs A Martin (ESP)
(6)T Henman (GBR) vs (9)N Massu (CHI)
(5)C Moya (ESP) vs J Chela (ARG)

Court 2 - 12:00 NOON
(4)Knowles/Nestor vs (8)Palmer/Vizner
(1)Bhupathi/Mirnyi or (WC)Benneteau/Mahut vs (7)Etlis/Rodriguez
(5)Damm/Suk vs (2)Bjorkman/Woodbridge

Good luck Lleyton ^_^

SomL.
04-22-2004, 09:24 AM
Thursday, April 22, 2004
Order of Play (PDF)

Court Central - 10:00 AM
(3)G Coria (ARG) vs A Pavel (ROM)
(LL)W Arthurs (AUS) vs M Safin (RUS)
(WC)F Santoro (FRA) vs (7)D Nalbandian (ARG)
(16)L Hewitt (AUS) vs (4)R Schuettler (GER)
Gonzalez/Massu vs Henman/Zimonjic

Court des Princes - 10:00 AM
I Ljubicic (CRO) vs N Davydenko (RUS)
A Calleri (ARG) vs A Martin (ESP)
(6)T Henman (GBR) vs (9)N Massu (CHI)
(5)C Moya (ESP) vs J Chela (ARG)

Court 2 - 12:00 NOON
(4)Knowles/Nestor vs (8)Palmer/Vizner
(1)Bhupathi/Mirnyi or (WC)Benneteau/Mahut vs (7)Etlis/Rodriguez
(5)Damm/Suk vs (2)Bjorkman/Woodbridge

Good luck Lleyton ^_^ Lleyton against Schuettler Come Onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn !

fifiricci
04-22-2004, 10:03 AM
whoa hold up..when did she say that during the AO final?? :confused:

San Diego was glaringly obvious of course :p :tape:

Well I saw bits of the AO Final on TV in Aus and I clearly lip read it during the infamous line call in the third set (you can also hear it, but not totally clearly) ............. I havent got it on tape so cant check though!

Jess
04-22-2004, 11:01 AM
okey, it's schuettler next round, lleyton will beat him :)

>> http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/headtohead/head2head.asp?player1=Schuettler%2C+Rainer&player2=lleyton+hewitt

Welll looking at that he should have a good chance :) Hopefully.

Jess
04-22-2004, 02:21 PM
Nalbandian's nearly finished - I think Lleyton's on next :bounce:

tournesol
04-22-2004, 02:24 PM
Nalbandian's nearly finished - I think Lleyton's on next :bounce:

:cool: c'mon

Jess
04-22-2004, 02:37 PM
Henman's just lot the first set - I hope he gets his act together beause I think I would rather Lleyton played him than Massu :rolleyes: Assuming he gets that far of course ;)

tournesol
04-22-2004, 02:44 PM
Henman's just lot the first set - I hope he gets his act together beause I think I would rather Lleyton played him than Massu :rolleyes: Assuming he gets that far of course ;)

scoreboard is up

Jess
04-22-2004, 02:45 PM
Yep :D

Jess
04-22-2004, 02:53 PM
And it's started :) :bounce: A better first set today please Lleyton :)

tournesol
04-22-2004, 02:54 PM
off we go

henman broke in the 2nd and is up 3-1 :cool:

Jess
04-22-2004, 02:59 PM
1-0 Schuetter. Quite close game though.

Murkofan
04-22-2004, 03:03 PM
Lleyts got himself a nice code violation for bad language :p (for fucks sake ;))

One of my favorite phrases :D :p

Jess
04-22-2004, 03:04 PM
1-1 - 30% first service though!!!!

tournesol
04-22-2004, 03:05 PM
1-1 they've got about 3 1/2 more hours before nightfall

tournesol
04-22-2004, 03:06 PM
1-1 - 30% first service though!!!!

improving from 26% at 0-40 :rolleyes:

tournesol
04-22-2004, 03:07 PM
One of my favorite phrases :D :p

:wavey: marly

Murkofan
04-22-2004, 03:09 PM
:wavey: Hello all

I didn't realize Ll was actually playing right now :p

tournesol
04-22-2004, 03:13 PM
:wavey: Hello all

I didn't realize Ll was actually playing right now :p

i'd love to be sure he's playing - 1-3 Ll

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 03:15 PM
1-4 :(

Jess
04-22-2004, 03:21 PM
Lleyton - LEARN TO PLAY THE FIRST SET!!!

Socket
04-22-2004, 03:22 PM
Lleyton keeps on coming out and playing aggressively (just like all the commentators said he should). Then, he loses the first set, and goes back to his more defensive style, gets more confidence and plays better. There's a pattern here.

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 03:23 PM
Lleyton - LEARN TO PLAY THE FIRST SET!!!

I hope he heard that :fiery:

Jess
04-22-2004, 03:24 PM
It's just :mad: 43% first serves in and 2 double faults already .

tournesol
04-22-2004, 03:24 PM
Ll: if henman can do it.............

tournesol
04-22-2004, 03:26 PM
It's just :mad: 43% first serves in and 2 double faults already .

i'm nearly convinced that he wants to set a record: winning with the lowest % how low can you get

Jess
04-22-2004, 03:27 PM
Come on - break him back - I don't want to sit through another 3 set epic

Socket
04-22-2004, 03:27 PM
I give Lleyton credit for sticking to his plan. He is willing to try being more aggressive on his serve and to cut the rallies short. I try hard to keep that in mind when I see the first serve and DF stats.

Jess
04-22-2004, 03:28 PM
He broke him back :) Now: HOLD SERVE!!!

Socket
04-22-2004, 03:28 PM
And they're back on serve . . . Interesting tennis, that's for sure!

tournesol
04-22-2004, 03:30 PM
hold now

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 03:32 PM
another double fault :rolleyes:
come on lleyts! kick his ass!

Socket
04-22-2004, 03:34 PM
Well, that was three DFs in one game. That's too aggressive by anybody's standards.

Jess
04-22-2004, 03:34 PM
Great place for a double fault Lleyts :mad: :mad: :mad: First set Schuettler :mad:

Jess
04-22-2004, 03:35 PM
Three double faults in one game :rolleyes: :banghead: That just about says it all - it's not aggression it's stupidity.

tournesol
04-22-2004, 03:37 PM
Three double faults in one game :rolleyes: :banghead: That just about says it all - it's not aggression it's stupidity.

Ll stop thinking and start playing :mad:

tournesol
04-22-2004, 03:40 PM
ok that's better

Jess
04-22-2004, 03:40 PM
Nice to see Schuettler's first serve is nearly as bad though :rolleyes:

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 03:41 PM
he broke him :)

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 03:45 PM
and schuettler broke him back

tournesol
04-22-2004, 03:46 PM
indeed

Jess
04-22-2004, 03:58 PM
:mad: This is very frustrating :banghead:

Jess
04-22-2004, 04:00 PM
Henman just won.

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 04:00 PM
no, he is doing good! 2 break points now :D

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 04:01 PM
3-2, come on lleyts!!

tournesol
04-22-2004, 04:02 PM
:mad: This is very frustrating :banghead:

no wonder you get little miss kicking if you bang your head like that ;)

Jess
04-22-2004, 04:03 PM
no wonder you get little miss kicking if you bang your head like that ;)

I think she's asleep at the moment ;) Clearly not a tennis fan just yet :)

Jess
04-22-2004, 04:06 PM
*faints with shock* He held serve! :)

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 04:19 PM
okey, i just read this on lleytonland:

' she told me that at 2-1 on break point on lleyton's serve, Lleyton hit a ball out. The umpire called it good, despite seeing the mark. He said it was a different mark and that the ball was good. But get this, Schuettler then went over to his bag, took out a camera and photographed the mark!!! has anyone ever seen anything like this before!!! *lol* I don't know what he's hoping to acheive by it... '

hmm, schuettler is a pretty weird guy

Jess
04-22-2004, 04:20 PM
It's one thing to be annoyed with a line call - but PHOTOGRAPHING IT!!!! Oh dear. Maybe he just has a particularly strange collection of photos ;)

tournesol
04-22-2004, 04:22 PM
let him photograph the whole 3rd set !

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 04:23 PM
It's one thing to be annoyed with a line call - but PHOTOGRAPHING IT!!!! Oh dear. Maybe he just has a particularly strange collection of photos ;)

probably :lol:


and wauw, lleyton won the second set :cool:

Jess
04-22-2004, 04:23 PM
3rd set :bounce: C'mon Lleyts.

tournesol
04-22-2004, 04:25 PM
bis repetita placet

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 04:26 PM
and he had a 1 st serve % of 65 in the second set :)

come on!

tournesol
04-22-2004, 04:27 PM
i must go, family duties but i'm sure you'll do your best :wavey:

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 04:33 PM
bye bye :)

Jess
04-22-2004, 04:38 PM
2-0 Lleyts :) A little more like it :)

Socket
04-22-2004, 04:38 PM
Lleyton is up a break in the third set . . .

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 04:41 PM
40-00 :)
40-15
3-0 :D

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 04:42 PM
guys, he is doing great! :)

Jess
04-22-2004, 04:44 PM
About time :) Why is it he can only play well from half way through the second set. :rolleyes:

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 04:47 PM
yeah, I'm wondering that too.

you should call him and ask it :)

3-1 btw

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 04:50 PM
hmm, 3-2

Jess
04-22-2004, 04:50 PM
3-2 :rolleyes: Way to blow your break Lleyts :o

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 04:54 PM
okey, it's dinner time.

I'll be back in 30 minutes or something :)

Jess
04-22-2004, 04:56 PM
3-3 :eek:

Jess
04-22-2004, 04:59 PM
3-4 I am now worried.

Jess
04-22-2004, 05:05 PM
From 0-40 to 40-40 :rolleyes: For goodness sake!

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 05:11 PM
oh no oh no

3-5! :eek:

Jess
04-22-2004, 05:11 PM
Just reading a report - Lleyts apparantly lost his temper (surprise surprise) and it sounds like it's all gone downhill from there. :rolleyes:

5-3

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 05:13 PM
grrreat :rolleyes:

but he has a game point now

Jess
04-22-2004, 05:13 PM
5-4 - now it's never over till it's over.... :rolleyes: ...

Jess
04-22-2004, 05:16 PM
3 match points to Schuettler :rolleyes:

Jess
04-22-2004, 05:17 PM
6-4 3-6 6-4 :mad: :mad:

Lleyton :banghead: How many more times are you going to let a strop about a line call ruin the match!

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 05:18 PM
it's over ...
too bad lleyton :sad:

well, I'm off. see you later

kim-fan
04-22-2004, 07:42 PM
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Schuettler keeps photo souvenir of disputed call
2004-04-22 18:14:47 GMT (Reuters)

MONTE CARLO, April 22 (Reuters) - Germany's Rainer Schuettler will keep a photo souvenir of his three sets victory over Lleyton Hewitt in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday.

The German fourth seed took a picture of the ball's mark on the clay :rolleyes: after a disputed call allowed the Australian former world number one to save a crucial break point.

"I took a picture because the ball was clearly out," Schuettler said after his 6-4 3-6 6-4 win.

"We have fantastic equipment to judge balls these days and we see mistakes like this," he added.

Schuettler was 2-1 up in the second set and a break would have allowed him to lead 3-1 and take a giant step towards match victory.

On break point, the German judged Hewitt's serve long but the chair umpire checked the mark and awarded the point to the Australian.

To everybody's surprise, Schuettler fumbled in his bag, seized a disposable camera and took a picture of the mark as evidence of his good faith.

He received a warning and appeared to lose his momentum as Hewitt went on to win eight of the next nine games.

"Everybody complains about tennis getting boring and when someone does something out of the ordinary, he receives a warning.

"The crowd laughed but not the umpire. It's a shame," Schuettler said.

www.gotennis.com

Billabong
04-22-2004, 08:14 PM
Lleyton :sad:!

hemagirl
04-22-2004, 08:47 PM
I read it of schuttlers foto!! Is that the future?? It is bad that he won, i prefer lleyton!

Goonergal
04-22-2004, 10:19 PM
There is no way Lleyton should've lost that match :rolleyes: He was in complete contol at 3-0 up with chances to go 4-0 in the final set, and he just lost his way :( Schuttler raised his level, but LL failed to raise his which was disappointing.

Lisbeth
04-23-2004, 12:07 AM
Oh well. To look on the bright side, he's already played 3 clay matches and as many points as he did in the whole pre-RG clay season last year! It can only get better.

Jess
04-23-2004, 12:10 AM
That's true.

Jess
04-23-2004, 12:22 AM
His interview from today :rolleyes: He seems to have taken it quite well.

MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Lleyton, up 3-love, point for 4-love in the third, what happened?
LLEYTON HEWITT: I really didn't have too many chances in that game, you know, after he hit a couple of good serves.
You know, I just didn't -- the next game was to try and consolidate, keep that break and start for -- go up 4-1 at the change. I just wasn't quite able to do that.
I had him, you know - I guess mentally I was starting to go there, obviously, after he played a good first set and was on serve early in the second. Then I was able to really dominate at the end of the second set and start of the third.
Maybe I just lost a little bit of sharpness out there towards the end of the third. Still had 4-3, love-40. So a lot of opportunities, but...

Q. You've had three tough matches, Lleyton. Do you feel as though things are coming together despite today's result?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, no, it's good, you know. That's why I came here. I didn't have high expectations coming in, but it was obviously to get some matches and get, you know, used to the clay court surface and, you know, the whole mindset of playing on clay , the tactics that come with that, obviously the sliding.
You know, just getting used to it as much as possible, I guess. You know, I'd just like to get off to a little bit better start in every match.

Q. You made it tough for yourself, didn't you?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah.

Q. As usual.
LLEYTON HEWITT: I played nine sets in three days anyway.

Q. You seem pretty upbeat about the way you're playing?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, well, in the end, when I started playing pretty well during the three matches, I've played well. But I wouldn't mind starting like I played in the second and third sets in my three matches rather than, you know, letting it...
But that just comes, I think, with playing on clay and not having that many matches under my belt on the surface. It's always going to take me a little bit longer, so...

Q. Was it sort of tough to make the decision to play as many tournaments as you are going to play, or was that always part of your schedule? Or once Davis Cup had gone...
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was probably after the Davis Cup more than anything. If I had that Davis Cup tie, it was probably highly unlikely.
But, you know, I felt, you know -- I felt fit enough and strong enough to hopefully go right through and play the Masters Series events and obviously Dusseldorf and Queen's and Wimby.
So I think I should be, by the time we get to the French Open at least, should be playing, hopefully striking the ball well, and got some good, tough matches and hopefully won a few of those tight matches as well.

Q. Is that what you feel you need at the moment, a lot of matches on clay, to get really comfortable?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I think so. It's totally different than practicing, I think - going out there and playing with the best guys on this surface. I think it takes matches.
And, yeah, in the years past, I think I've always probably played my best tennis at the French Open on clay - not so much in the Masters Series events - purely because I feel like I need those few weeks to sort of prepare and get myself ready for the French Open.
And, hopefully -- this year, I'm playing more tournaments than I've probably ever played leading into the French. Hopefully, that's going to be a benefit

SomL.
04-23-2004, 04:44 AM
Good luck Lleyton the next tournament.Everyone loves you.You are the best for me ^_^

Lisbeth
04-23-2004, 06:31 AM
Good luck Lleyton the next tournament.Everyone loves you.You are the best for me ^_^

Great post! :worship:

Ashie_87
04-23-2004, 07:58 AM
:lol: he said Wimby:p
i was a very devoted obsessed fan last night! i actually stayed up till like 1am to watch the late news (that went overtime) to see his result. They didn't show it. I was rightly pissed:p